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Basic American contributes to Dump Hunger

February 8, 2012

The Morning News—Melanie Moore Employees at Basic American Foods collected food for the Dump Hunger Campaign. Combined with a corporate donation, Basic American donated 92,000 pounds of food to the campaign. Organizers of the employee food drive (from left) are Kathy McBride, Todd Peretti, Tami Hill, Crystal Baca, Cat Vance and Patty Kidman. Not pictured is Jack Patrick.

BLACKFOOT — Basic American Foods donated 92,000 pounds of food Tuesday to the Dump Hunger food drive, a substantial contribution to help meet the goal of 300,000 pounds for the campaign.
Dump Hunger, a local food drive sponsored by Western States Equipment, Albertsons and Wells Fargo, seeks to secure enough food to fill the bed of four CAT 730 dump trucks, which hold 75,000 pounds each. The food and donations are distributed to food banks throughout Southeast Idaho.
The food drive began in January and ends Friday. The donation from Basic American Foods has provided a substantial boost.
"Alone they've more than filled one dump truck," James Tabor of Western States Equipment said.
Additionally, corporate cash donations from Wells Fargo, Albertsons and Western States Equipment will be disbursed to the communities in Southeast Idaho based on the amount of donations received by the community.
"There's been a lot of excitement from our employees," said Todd Peretti, Basic American Foods vice president of the supply chain said. "The food banks are pretty low on food right now. Our employees are very generous. They know the communities are in need."
Basic American Foods has contributed to Dump Hunger for four years. Donations will be accepted through Friday at Wells Fargo locations, Western States Equipment and Albertsons.
Dump Hunger is a post-holiday food drive. The five-week campaign partners the 13 Western States branch locations with local Albertsons stores and food banks that serve their shared communities. To date Dump Hunger has gathered 1.2 million pounds of food for the communities it serves.

 

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